Those familiar with Curreri might be surprised to hear this live trio effort, where he plays his Fender Tele through the entire set!
That’s certainly not a bad thing, as his style translates well and his playing is as quirky and fine as it is on acoustic. The first cut, “Senseless as a Cuckoo” starts with funky, country-ish guitar. The steely bends show right away that he’s comfortable on the electric. “Maria” has a finger-picked rhythm with a light rockabilly feel. And that influence appears in other places, too, like the wonderful “If Your Work is Shouting.” Cuts like “The Heavy Deal” also show a blues/funk feel, and it should be noted that Curreri has his own vision for this stuff. His blues/funk isn’t like Al McKay or Robben Ford. It’s quirky, and all his! And that just adds to the uniqueness of his music. His solos are few and far between, but his playing dominates these songs.
Curreri’s quirks bleed through to every part of his music, including the lyrics and his wonderful vocals. His is a unique talent, with a vision.
This article originally appeared in VG‘s Oct. ’06 issue. All copyrights are by the author and Vintage Guitar magazine. Unauthorized replication or use is strictly prohibited.